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3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom (2012)

tomatometer

45

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 6

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audience

41

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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 1,631

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Movie Info

Two brothers (Charlie Hunnam and Chris O'Dowd) seek the help of a transgendered hacker (Ron Perlman) in erasing all evidence of a sex tape from the internet before the unhinged movie star father (Chris Noth) of the girl involved (Lizzy Caplan) seeks violent revenge. Whitney Cummings and Nora Dunn co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

PG-13,

Drama, Comedy

Jordan Roberts

Jun 10, 2013

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (10)

Though deliciously rude and crude, '3, 2, 1 ... Frankie Go Boom' possesses a surprisingly sweet heart.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
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A sub-Apatovian farce that tries way too hard ...

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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A noisy stab at wacky wrongness that starts with reasonably plump possibility as a dispatch from the frontlines of viral video embarrassment hell.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A vibrantly vulgar comedy that never hangs around to admire its own cleverness.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Tragically unfunny, Frankie is occasionally elevated by some of its gifted and game cast, but the film's nasty, comedically incoherent script limits its potential.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: NPR
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Both actors somehow stay grounded despite all the shenanigans. Hunnam, in particular, is quite adept at playing against his movie-star looks.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Provided one submits to its base level of intentional ridiculousness, there's some wacky charm to be found in this low-budget comedy of fraternal bickering.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

Toxic brother drives so-so comedy about mortifying video.

October 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

... provides a few solid sitcom-style laughs before the bickering and mayhem become repetitive and the film simply runs out of gas.

October 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

It's unbearable to sit through at times, watching decent actors flounder with intentionally ridiculous material, working themselves into a lather to serve writer/director Jordan Roberts's clumsy sense of humor.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
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The image of [Perlman] in makeup and a wig, painting his toenails, is a terribly easy joke, but it's the best one this otherwise abrasive comedy can manage.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

The film never really goes soft, as Jordan Roberts never loses sight of the fact that these toxic nincompoops are authentically bad for one another.

October 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for 3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom

If I were to read the script of Frankie Go Boom I probably wouldn't then go on to to watch it. I do wonder how it got made but then it's a good job I'm not a big movie producer because it's actually a pretty decent comedy. I have my niggles, the film is not perfect but I think the script is clever and they definitely got the right cast. Above all it feels like something new, odd though it might be, it is an original and I won't knock originality in the cinema as there just isn't enough of it going around. However, you may never look at Ron Perlman in the same way again, although he is quite brilliant in his cameo.
April 2, 2014
SirPant

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A comedy about two brothers, a girl with a broken heart, a sex tape, an angel and a pig...

Good weird funny movie! A true modern day sex comedy for ages 18 to 60 to appreciate over and over again. whether you have a brother like Bruce or not you can relate and identify with each and every character.Any open-minded film buff would appreciate the genuine clever humor this movie portrays. Frankie Go Boom takes a sibling "rivalry" to the next and quite frankly, insane level. This was a comedic adventure with a quirky romance that will have you waiting for what happens next.

Frank Bartlett has been tortured, embarrassed, and humiliated by his brother Bruce usually on film his entire life. Now that Bruce is finally off drugs and has turned his life around, things should be different. They are not.
March 23, 2013
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Manu Gino

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As a child, Frankie (Hunnam) was constantly harassed by his older brother (O'Dowd) who caught everything on camera. Now, as grown-ups, things haven't changed. Following a one night stand with Caplan, Hunnam finds himself the subject of an internet video sensation, thanks to being secretly filmed by his brother.
It would appear to be time to call quits on the American indie comedy. We've seen a string of interchangeable films that rely far too heavily on "quirkiness" to get by. 'Frankie Go Boom' is just the latest to sit alongside 'Safety Not Guaranteed', 'Why Stop Now' and 'Jesus Henry Christ', to name but three cookie-cutter comedies we've suffered through in 2012.
Roberts' film is painfully unfunny, despite the talented ensemble. His idea of comedy is to have Perlman appear in drag. Seriously? Is this 1934? Comedy is the most difficult genre to pull off so why do so many inexperienced film-makers try their hand at it?
December 28, 2012
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The Movie Waffler

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What keeps "Frankie Go Boom" from going completely into the gutter is the young, brilliant cast. Charlie Hunnam recalls his days on "Undeclared" with this straight-faced comedic role, making his bad ass persona on "Sons of Anarchy" impress that much more. Chris O'Dowd is the driving force of comedy, as the misfit brother pushing the raunchy plot all the way through. Lizzy Caplan proves she's well on her way to bigger and better things, no longer just playing the quirky, tomboy friend, but expanding into a viable and adorable love interest that you root for. I am not entirely sure why Ron Perlman would step into the role of the transvestite, but he definitely holds nothing back. In line with films like "Orange County" and to extremes like "Freddy Got Fingered", "Frankie Go Boom" and its spark may not live on like those previously mentioned films, but it was rather enjoyable from start to finish.
June 13, 2013
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